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Peripheral - pt 19 (Vulgar-violent-power / Mark 6:14-29)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part nineteen, Dan shares a talk on a glimpse into Herod Antipas’ birthday banquet, the vulgar and violent things that happened there and a lesson on power.

Lord, make us an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
— Peace prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

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Peripheral - pt 17 (Rejected as just a carpenter / Mark 6:1-6)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part seventeen, Dan shares a talk on the moment Jesus is rejected by his home-town, the danger of our "just" statements about God and an epic tale from church history that starts with a riot in Alexandria.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the Only Begotten Son of God,
born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father;
through him all things were made.
— The Nicene Creed

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Peripheral - pt 15 (Signs and the Lord over Death and Darkness / Mark 5:1-20)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part fifteen, Strahan shares on the second significant sign recorded in Mark, that Jesus is God by his confrontation of death and darkness.

The role of the church in this peripheral moment is to say ... let’s all go back to our friends and families, and reconcile and heal and share all the things God is doing with us.

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Peripheral - pt 14 (Signs and the Lord of all creation / Mark 4:35-41)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part fourteen, Dan teaches on reading the signs in the gospel accounts and how this sign in particular shows us Jesus was the Lord of all creation.

Christianity is Christ, and that means that at its very centre it necessarily includes belief in and affirmation of Christ’s full diety. He does not merely have the value of God for us; He is God for us, as Karl Barth never tired of saying.
— Roger Olson

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Peripheral - pt 13 (Understanding parables / Mark 4:26-32)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part thirteen, Dan teaches on understanding why Jesus used this communication device so much, what the parables are answering and then we look at the final parables of Mark 4 together.

Parables are stories that answer big questions [about God and us] by engaging the mind and the heart, intersecting reality and the sacred.

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Peripheral - pt 12 (The way of illumination / Mark 4:21-25)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part twelve, Dan unpacks the second parable of Mark on a lamp being hidden, dark things being illuminated and making sure we are really listening.

Integrity is when who I am on-stage is the same as who I am back-stage. It is when there is no separation between what is going on inside of me and what I am expressing outside of me. There is no separation of my inner and outer life.
— Pete Scazzero

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Halftime - pt 5 (Living the cruciform-tension)

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Halftime is our agenda for June at Central Vineyard. Together, we are pausing to look at the founding core values that we have embodied in our story so far, and also what we hope the future will look like as we embody the new things God is doing with us together. In this final part Dan highlights how we live in a tension of both trusting in God with all we can and yet, rolling our sleeves up to do our part that God needs us to do to love our city.

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Halftime - pt 4 (From lantern, to lampstand / The art of living outward)

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Halftime is our agenda for June at Central Vineyard. Together, we are pausing to look at the founding core values that we have embodied in our story so far, and also what we hope the future will look like as we embody the new things God is doing with us together. In part four Dan explores our fourth value of outward-living and taking our missiology seriously.

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Peripheral - pt 11 (The way of imagination / Mark 4:1-20)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. In part eleven, Strahan gives an introduction to parables, and helps us to understand how they would have been interpreted in the original context.

Parables subversively slip past our defenses. Once they’re inside the citadel of self, we might expect a change of method, a sudden brandishing of bayonets resulting in a palace coup. But it doesn’t happen…God does not impose his reality from without; he grows flowers and fruit from within.
— Eugene Peterson

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Peripheral - pt 8 (The way of inclusion / Mark 2:13-17)

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Join us for our journey through Mark's gospel recording of Jesus. Part eight sees Dan exploring the story of Jesus calling Levi and taking him to a table of radical inclusion and a vibrant picture of the mercy of God. Also we here some stories from Gratis leader, Katie Myers.

The strategy of Jesus is not centred in taking the right stand on issues, but rather in standing in the right place - with the outcast and those relegated to the margins.
— Fr. Gregory Boyle

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